By Glenn Drexhage

UBC Library is hosting an exhibition and conference to commemorate the March 11, 2011 disasters in Japan. Retell, Rethink, Recover, which begins on February 20 and runs through April, consists of three phases on display in different parts of the Library system.

The Retell section highlights disaster prints and historical maps. All materials are from the Library’s exceptional Tokugawa maps collection, housed at Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC).

Rethink includes materials gathered from members of the UBC community who were in Japan during the disasters, or otherwise impacted. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant incident is discussed, and photos and social media archives figure prominently.

Recover features items from UBC’s Asian Library collection, as well as contributions from community members and alumni. This section highlights Japan’s history of recovering from adversity, and includes information on the support between Canada and Japan during times of crisis.

A complementary display will also feature portraits of earthquake survivors, a project sponsored by the Japan Foundation and Shiseido, the cosmetics company.

On March 10, a free one-day conference co-sponsored by UBC’s Department of Asian Studies will feature talks from scholars on Japan, and personal accounts from UBC students, faculty and alumni. This conference will be held from 10am to 4pm in the Dodson Room, in the Irving K Barber Learning Centre.

Read more about Retell, Rethink, Recover in the March 2012 issue of UBC Reports.

Please visit the event site to register and for more information.

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Facts about the contract feud between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA), backed by the Liberal government:

Salary proposal: The BCTF wants a 15-per-cent wage hike over three years; the BCPSEA and government say teachers, like other provincial government employees, are bound by the net-zero mandate, which means no increased costs.

Proposal’s cost: The BCTF estimates a 15-per-cent salary increase would cost the provincial treasury an extra $560 million over three years; BCPSEA says the bill, compounded over three years, would be closer to $2 billion.

Recent wage increases: In 2002, a deal imposed by the Liberals gave BCTF members a 7.5-per-cent wage hike over three years. (That contract was extended for one year.) In 2006, the union signed a deal with raises ranging from 14 to 21.5 per cent over five years and a signing bonus. That contract expired June 30.

Current pay: The average minimum salary for a B.C. teacher is $48,000; the average maximum salary is $74,000.

Salary comparisons: B.C. pay is either fourth or ninth in the country, depending on whom you ask and whether the rankings include the territories or just the provinces. Last year, a Saskatchewan mediator found that B.C. pay was the lowest in Western Canada.

Read The Vancouver Sun full article here.

By Janet Steffenhagen  MARCH 6, 2012

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